On Saturday June 10, the Leave-taking of Pentecost, the clergy of the Atlantic States Deanery celebrated Divine Liturgy at St. Andrew Cathedral in Philadelphia, PA.
The Divine Service was led by the long-serving rector of the cathedral, Archpriest Mark Shinn, and co-served by Archpriest Basil Micek (rector of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Scranton, PA), Archpriest Michael Lepa, (interim rector of St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes Barre, PA), Archpriest John Vass (Atlantic States Dean and rector of Holy Trinity Church in Baltimore, MD), Priest Gregory Winsky (interim rector of St. Michael Church in Philadelphia), Priest Alexander Tsygankov (cathedral cleric), Priest Daniel Meyer (serving St. Nicholas Church in Reading, PA), Deacon Evgeniy Iotov (cathedral cleric), and Deacon Michael Ardan and Deacon Michael Sidorochev (clerics of St. Nicholas Church in Chester, PA).
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Fr. John gave a short sermon and thanked Fr. Mark for welcoming the deanery clergy to the cathedral.
Following the Divine Service, a festive dinner was served in the church hall generously coordinated by the Sisterhood of the cathedral.
Afterwards, Fr. John convened the deanery meeting to discuss the pastoral and administrative issues facing the parishes. Also attending were Priest Alexey Bocharnikov (rector of St. Nicholas Church in Chester, PA) and several subdeacons, readers, and altar servers.
The deanery sincerely thanks the clergy and faithful of St. Andrew Cathedral for hosting such an uplifting and beneficial event.
Photos courtesy of Subdeacon Timothy Micek)